Avengers: Endgame

All truth is God’s truth, and sometimes the movies present truths straight from God’s heart. This summer we will look at four of the year’s biggest movies and four vital life lessons we can glean from them that help us live the life God designed us to have.

All the stories of the MCU tie together to write one epic history. That’s the way it is in the story of mankind. We are all individuals with our own stories, but we are all interconnected, headed for one Endgame. Along the way failures are inevitable. How we handle those failures are the hinge to our future.

Message Notes

Avengers: Endgame

“Avengers: Endgame” focuses on failure.

…a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, to torment and harass me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me… 
II Corinthians 12:7b-8

You can dread it, you can run from it—failure will still happen. No one is perfect.
If not handled properly, your failure will fertilize your fears.

What God wants me to know about my failure:
#1: My failure is fundamental to my future.

…but He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you [my loving kindness and my mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for my power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a

What God wants me to know about my failure:
#2: My failure is my calling card.

“Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9b

What God wants me to know about my failure:
#3: My failure is a call to love my limitations.

So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]. II Corinthians 12:10

Bottom Line:

How I respond to failure determines my future.

Next Steps:

  1.  Think on the most recent failure you’ve had. Pray and ask God to grow you and to use that disappointment to propel you forward.

  2.  Read Failing Forward by John Maxwell.